María Luisa Sánchez-Barrueco, professor and researcher of the Faculty of Law, was at the European Parliament on 30 May 2017 to present the results of a research project aiming to provide solutions to the interinstitutional blockage between the European Parliament and Council that lasts since 2011.
This presentation represents a clear example of research with social impact. It is a key opportunity to contribute, though sound academic research, to the improvement of EU’s democratic legitimacy and interinstitutional relations in the context of public funding management.
The conflict is affecting the democratic control of the Council budget management. The Council refuses (in a strict interpretation of the legal framework) that the European Parliament controls how the institution manages its own administrative expenditure. It would only accept the parliamentary control in conditions of reciprocity, which is a step-back to the current legal framework.
The research project analysis the challenges and opportunities of four options. They are: to promote good practices in budget management and control by the European Parliament; to review the treaties and rules; to appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union; to renegotiate an interinstitutional agreement with the Council.
The research was carried out together with researchers from the University of Maastricht, Royal University Holloway London, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Berlin School of Economics and Law. The presentation took place in the context of a seminar organized by the European Parliament Committee on Budgetary Control. The European Parliament will soon publish the results of the research project in the form of a Briefing Note.